ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- ROCKFORD (WIFR) – It was a busy weekend for walkers across the Stateline. Hundreds of families hit the Sinnissippi Bike Path to raise money for the March of Dimes, including one local family whose twins spent three months in Intensive Care after being born too early.
“So many people are touched by premature births, that when or if it happens to you, you figure out and learn all these different people and communities that had the same thing happen,” said Matt Morgan, the father of twins born at 25 weeks.
More than 500 people took part in the march. All the money stays in the community to support programs that help women carry their babies to full term. Organizers estimate the event will bring in $100,000.
Those affected with Multiple Sclerosis also spent time Sunday raising awareness about the crippling disease. Walkers took over Klehm Arboretum in Rockford.
Similar Events took place all over the state in an effort to educate people about what it means to live with M.S.
"I've got 2 kids so I like to come out to these walks and help raise awareness about it and let every know that even if you have a disease like this, you can still live and be productive and be a part of the community,” said Rebecca Maaz, who was diagnosed with M.S. in 2002.
Out at Midway Village, 200 parents and kids walked to bring attention to a neurological birth defect called Williams Syndrome. It’s a rare disease affecting 30,000 people in the U.S., at least seven of which are here in the Stateline. People with the disease are missing a chromosome and often suffer developmental delays and medical problems.
Organizers were hoping to collect $5,000.